wombling

WHAT IS WOMBLING AND HOW CAN IT SAVE YOU MONEY?

So, recently I have heard a lot about wombling but didn’t fully understand what it was. Having done some research and tried it myself, I thought it was time to share with you exactly what wombling is and how it can save you money.

Wombling is where you make money from other people’s discarded receipts.  Sounds weird right?  Bear with me here and i’ll explain more.

Basically, wombling is a way to gain money off vouchers and free loyalty points when other shoppers have been less savvy and forgotten to use their receipts to their full advantage.

You come along, pick up their receipt and make the most of any money saving opportunities on that receipt.

The best and simplest womble is taking advantage of Asda’s Price Guarantee.

Any Asda receipt that has 8 different items that are available on their website will provide a money off voucher for the difference if they are not 10% cheaper than the other 4 large supermarkets.

To check if you can print off a voucher, you simply go to Asda Price Guarantee and input the number of the barcode on the receipt and it will tell you if you are eligable for a voucher.  If you are, you print it off there and then. It’s as simple as that.

OTHER WAYS TO WOMBLE

As well as Asda’s Price Guarantee, you can also utilise other people’s receipts to grab unclaimed loyalty points for yourself on your store cards, providing you with further savings.  Some of the best stores for wombling are:

  • Tesco – if somebody has forgotten to use their Clubcard then you can claim their points on your own card.
  • Sainsburys – Top up your Nectar points when somebody has forgotten to top up theirs.
  • Boots – You have 45 days to add any points to your Advantage Card, so if somebody hasn’t made the most of their receipt, make sure you do.
  • McDonalds – If you like their coffee then you will know that when you collect 6 stickers from the cups at McDonalds, you will be given a 7th cup free.  Lots of people don’t bother collecting their stickers off their cups, leaving them for you.  Quite an easy way to get a quick free cup of coffee!

IS IT LEGAL?

In theory wombling isn’t illegal. However, it’s probably not a good idea to go searching in bins for receipts and stores will not allow you to pick up receipts from in-store to gain vouchers and points.  The car park and trolleys are open to everyone and are the best place to look for discarded receipts.

HOW MUCH CAN BE MADE?

A lot of supermarkets now seem to clean up their car parks pretty quickly but keen womblers can still make quite a lot of money. On my first shy attempt I made £4.52 but one serious Wombler makes £200 per month and there are dedicated Facebook groups for keen Womblers.

NOT FOR YOU?

If wombling doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then you can still still make money from your own receipts by making sure you always collect your points, check Asda’s Price Guarantee and by downloading Receipt Hog where you can make cash by photographing your receipts.

Have you ever tried wombling?

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